I’m an overseas-practising vet – do I need to do CPD?

Yes. If you are listed on the RCVS Register as a practising member, regardless of whether you are practising overseas or in the UK, you are expected to comply with the minimum CPD requirement of 35 hours per year.

You may include CPD undertaken abroad, but you should ensure that your description of this, and the hours involved, are clearly recorded in English so that the details of what you have done are transparent to, and understood by, the RCVS and others with an interest in your CPD record, such as prospective and current employers.

Related FAQs

  • There are no changes to what constitutes CPD - guidance is provided on our current Continuing Professional Development (CPD) page under the heading 'What Counts as CPD?'. We don't specify the subjects, activities or type of CPD to be undertaken. Anything that is relevant to you, as a veterinary professional, can be counted as CPD so it does not have to be clinically related or formal learning. Work-based learning such as case or practice discussions can be a great form of CPD.

  • Yes, you need to keep a record of your CPD and the easiest way to do that is to use the 1CPD app or website to record your CPD.

    Until 2022 you can record your CPD in any format, as long as it clearly shows what type of activities you have undertaken and how many hours of CPD you have done.

    We would also recommend that you keep a learning journal to keep notes of your learning and your reflections. If you use 1CPD all your notes and reflections can be recorded within the system so you do not need to keep any other records.

  • Yes – all veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses listed on the RCVS Register must complete the minimum CPD requirement of 35 hours per year for veterinary surgeons and 15 hours per year for veterinary nurses, regardless of whether they are working full-time or part-time.

    This applies equally to vets approaching retirement who may carry out only a small number of veterinary duties and procedures each year. If you are on the Register as a practising veterinary surgeon, you must fulfil your CPD obligations, regardless of how many hours you work so that you remain up to date.

  • We are allowing vets to carry over 25 hours of CPD and VNs 10 hours of accumulated CPD from 2019 to 2020. This will apply once, in 2020, only. It is only applicable to vets and VNs who have been CPD-compliant from 2017 to 2019.

  • If you’re absent from work and feel unable to meet the minimum CPD requirement but need to stay on the Register, you can apply to pause your CPD for up to 6 months. You can apply to pause your CPD through the RCVS CPD recording platform, 1CPD. Applications cannot be made retrospectively, but there are no restrictions on how many times you can apply to pause your CPD.

    If you anticipate any issues meeting requirements and are not eligible to pause your CPD, please contact the Education team by email cpd@rcvs.org.uk or call 020 7202 0701.